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New Mexico State University
Department of Physics
Michaela Burkardt, College Associate Professor

Phys222G - General Physics for Life Science II

Catalog Description:
This algebra-based course covers electricity, magnetism, light, atomic physics and radioactivity. Special emphasis is given to applications in the life sciences. This course is recommended for students in the life sciences and those preparing for the physics part of the MCAT.
Prerequisite: Phys 221G, Phys 211G or equivalent.

Math prerequisite:
Skills in algebra, geometry and trigonometry are needed. If you have any concerns about your math background, please see me as soon as possible.

Phys222G is the second part of a one-year introductory physics course primarily designed for students in the life sciences. The course is suitable as a continued general introduction to physics and is offered as an alternative to Phys212G. Applications of physics that may specifically be encountered in biology or medicine are emphasized to make the course material more interesting and relevant to students whose career orientation is toward the life sciences.
Most concepts that are frequently encountered in the physics problems of the MCAT are covered in the Phys 221G and Phys 222G sequence.

Physics is a science that probes effects with experiments and tries to find laws to describe those effects mathematically. Based on observations a physicist decides which effects are important and uses that knowledge to simplify a complex situation for modeling. Fundamental “laws” are used to explain and predict the behavior of physical systems. In this semester we will discuss electricity, magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, a very brief introduction to special relativity, atomic physics, radioactivity and some applications of nuclear physics. We will cover most of chapters 19-32 of Physics, 4th ed., by James Walker (Addison-Wesley, 2010). Applications of physics that may specifically be encountered in biology or medicine are emphasized to make the course material more interesting and relevant to students whose career orientation is toward the life sciences. As your instructor for this course I look forward to help you learn the material and assist you in developing qualitative and quantitative thinking skills that will be useful in your career. Together we will stress the reasoning involved when practical situations are evaluated using physical principles. Concepts and problem solving strategies are emphasized. In this course you will acquire skills like critical thinking, simplification, idealization, approximation, mathematical and conceptual modeling that will be useful to you in other fields as well as in physics. I hope you will find this extension of our introduction to physics both challenging and rewarding.

Required Textbook:
James S. Walker, Physics, 4th edition, Addison-Wesley, 2010 (with access to MasteringPhysics). This is the same textbook as is used for Phys221G).
Required Supplies:
An i>clicker2 or i>clicker Student Response Pad. This “clicker” is available at the campus bookstore.
You will need a scientific calculator and a ruler. (The calculator needs to be able to handle trigonometric functions, exponents, logarithms and scientific notation.)

Phys222G is accompanied by

Phys212GL General Physics II Laboratory

Students from both Phys212G and Phys 222G may register for the lab Phys212GL.
In spring 2014 these labs are coordinated by Dr. Jacob Urquidi;
office: Gardiner Hall GN255, phone: 646-5199, email: jurquidi@nmsu.edu.
Please contact Dr. Urquidi for all questions regarding this lab.

Phys 224 Instructional Supplement to Physics for the Life Sciences II

Learning physics requires practice. These weekly sessions focus on reasoning in Physics and hands-on problem solving. Different than in many supplemental instruction courses I myself am the instructor and additional UG learning assistants will support you. During SI sessions students work collaboratively on tutorial questions aimed at developing conceptual reasoning as well as on numerical questions for promotion of mathematical skills. This workshop is optional, but I highly recommend it to students of all ability levels. Having set aside a time each week to practice physics, ask questions, discuss concepts with others or practice the math involved will help you to achieve a higher level of confidence.
This SI course is offered M 11:30-12:20 or 12:30 - 13:20 and will not require additional homework.